This week in (gay) Vancouver we’re all about the theatre as we present our picks of the holiday shows currently on stage in Vancouver.
Sara-Jeanne Hosie is back at the Stanley Theatre in the Arts Club production of Mary Poppins (until Jan 4). What we called “a jolly holiday treat” last year and a show that “practically oozes Christmas magic” this year, it is a show that will have you cheering as the high-flying Mary soars high above your heads. This is version may have a little darker hue than its 1964 celluloid counterpart, but it loses nothing of the magic that made the film such a treasure. It really is that spoonful of sugar you just might need this time of year. (Photo above by David Cooper.)
Over at Pacific Theatre, the classic It’s a Wonderful Life jumps from the silver screen to the stage via a radio show in Peter Church’s Its a Wonderful Life Radio Show (until Dec 30). Bedford Falls is the backdrop as George Bailey gets a little help from angels Joesph and Clarence who are tasked with showing George everything he has to live for. A show we declared was “not to be missed”, we’re still pretty sure you’ll still catch a flash of Jimmy Stewart’s lopsided grin hiding in the dark corners of the theatre in a approval.
And for those that prefer their holiday shows with just a little less sugar, our final recommendation is the partially improvised, partially scripted, but always funny A Twisted Christmas Carol (until Dec 27). Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic gets a hilarious makeover as this team of funny people take us on a wild ride with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.